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Twenty-first Star Chapter NSDAR Promotes Constitution Week Awareness

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AMERICA CELEBRATES U.S. CONSTITUTION

Twenty-first Star Chapter NSDAR Promotes Constitution Week Awareness

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The Twenty-first Star Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution announces that September 17, 2014, begins the national celebration of Constitution Week. The weeklong commemoration of America's most important document is one of our country's least known official observances. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those inalienable rights to every American.

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on August 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The aims of the celebration are to (1) emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and (3) encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

Of particular interest this year is the celebration of the first amendments to the Constitution. September 25, 2014, marks the 225th anniversary of Congress transmitting 12 proposed amendments to state legislatures. Within 2 years, ten of those amendments were adopted by the states and became known as the Bill of Rights.

"Constitution Week is the perfect opportunity to read and study this great document which is the safeguard of our American liberties," states DAR President General, Lynn Forney Young. "We encourage all citizens across the country to take time this week to reflect on our heritage of freedom and come together to Celebrate America!"

Known as the largest women's patriotic organization in the world, DAR has over 175,000 members with approximately 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 13 foreign countries. The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children, and programs for new immigrants. For more information about DAR and its programs visit www.dar.org or call Dorothy Wilson at 847-328-6946.

Contact: Dorothy Wilson, (847) 328-6946

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